News: Faculty & Staff

Executive Director Leaving Post at Community Arts Center

Rob Steele

The Community Arts Center’s Board of Directors announced the resignation of Rob Steele, the center’s executive director. He leaves Aug. 1 to accept a new position in Florida, at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.

The board acknowledged the substantial contributions Steele has made to the Community Arts Center and to the local community. During his tenure, the center has undergone physical improvements, as well as becoming a central feature of the Williamsport community’s commitment to the arts.

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Penn College Professors Present at National Conference

Faculty presenters

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members shared their expertise with an international audience by presenting at the recent COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition in Anaheim, California.

Both Lisa R. Bock and Anita R. Wood, assistant professors of computer information technology, made two presentations during the four-day conference, which is COMMON’s premier educational event of the year. COMMON is the world’s largest professional association of IBM technology users and is dedicated to uniting the Power Systems community.

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Board Approves Budget/Tuition, ‘Emeritus’ Status for Faculty Member

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved the college’s budget and tuition rates for 2015-16, the Dining Services and Residence Life fees for the next academic year, “professor emeritus” status for a recently retired faculty member, and the Community Arts Center Board of Directors’ roster.

The board also authorized President Davie Jane Gilmour and Vice President for Finance/CFO Suzanne T. Stopper to pursue a sales agreement for the purchase of property on Fifth Avenue in Williamsport.

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Retired Penn College Faculty Member Granted ‘Emeritus’ Status

Paul "Babe" Mayer

Paul “Babe” Mayer, who taught in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fitness and Lifetime Sports (now Exercise Science) Department for 25 years before his retirement in December, has been approved by the Penn College Board of Directors for “professor emeritus” status.

To be eligible for the emeritus designation, nominees must be honorably retired in good standing and have served the college for a minimum of 10 years, demonstrating a record of distinguished service to students, their department, their academic school and/or the college. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the Promotion and Sabbatical Review Committee and are recommended for board consideration by the president.

Mayer was instrumental in the development and delivery of a number of new courses within his department. He brought notoriety to the college for his training and conditioning work with athletes across the region and for his work in radio and television sports broadcasting. Prior to teaching at Penn College, Mayer taught at Williamsport Area High School, where he was instrumental in developing a personal fitness curriculum.

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FFA Again Draws Upon Horticulture Faculty Members’ Prowess

For the fifth consecutive year, two members of Penn College’s horticulture faculty shared their expertise during Pennsylvania FFA Convention/Activities Week in Centre County. Dennis P. Skinner, assistant professor, and instructor Carl J. Bower Jr. judged the Public Speaking-Conversation competition at Penn State on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, Bower (the co-chair of that category) judged the Nursery & Landscape Career Development Event held at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology in Bellefonte. The 86th annual event drew more than 1,400 high school students and chaperones from across Pennsylvania for a busy and varied agriculture-related agenda.

Faculty Member Presents Baseball Research at Hall of Fame

Chip D. Baumgardner

A Pennsylvania College of Technology business faculty member recently presented research regarding minor-league baseball ticket sales at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Penn College, was a co-presenter with Michael Gallagher, of DeSales University, at the 27th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held May 27-29 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Their talk was titled “The Culture of the Minor League Baseball Experience.”

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College Family Races, Represents at Pet-Friendly Fundraiser

Mallery engages the crowd.

Mallery engages the crowd.

Runners, walkers and trotters  – including Melanie A. Scaife, secretary to residence life at Rose Street Commons (in black at center right) – traverse Indian Park.

Runners, walkers and trotters – including Melanie A. Scaife, secretary to residence life at Rose Street Commons (in black at center right) – traverse Indian Park.

Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, helps set the pace, finishing 39th overall with a time of 28:37.

Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, helps set the pace, finishing 39th overall with a time of 28:37.

Accenting the day's sunshine with her smile is Watson, a summer conference assistant.

Accenting the day’s sunshine with her smile is Watson, a summer conference assistant.

This past weekend’s 13th annual Paws for a Cause, held in Montoursville’s Indian Park to benefit the Lycoming County SPCA, attracted a number of participants and volunteers from Penn College. Timothy J. Mallery, assistant director of residence life and coordinator of housing operations at the college, was race director for the event, which this year added a 1K walk and 5K race. Some owners brought dogs for the run, a safe and scenic course that incorporated the park and the nearby bike path. Winning their divisions were Emily B. Miller, instructor of exercise science, and Brad L. Nason, associate professor of mass communications. Volunteers included college staff members Anthony J. Pace, assistant director of student activities for student organizations and orientation; Michael D. Penwell, coordinator of residence life; and summer interns Megan M. Kasper (Student Activities) and Matthew F. Walsh (Residence Life). Joining them were students LaQuinn N. Thompson, of York, an applied human services major; Amanda A. Dibble, Matamoras, nursing; John R. Bak, Milford, nursing; Lacey M. Watson, Muncy, accounting; and Caleb G. Schirmer, Sugarloaf, applied management (who provided the photos). Sunday’s event also included a Pet Expo, with a number of vendors, activities and refreshments.

National Blogger Touts Penn College in Two More Posts

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A national higher-education blogger, offering parents of college-bound teens a lifeline in the sea of options, has posted two more articles distilled from her late-April visit to Penn College. In one of those postings, Suzanne Shaffer tells of the distinction between career preparation and merely getting a job after graduation. “That’s the key,” she writes. “Students at Penn College don’t just earn a degree; they discover their true passion and learn the skills to pursue it.” Shaffer’s other recent post, “Penn College Has a Vision for Tomorrow’s Students,” details the on-campus summer camps and the college’s “Degrees That Work” television series.

First Year Institute Marks Fifth Year of Easing Student Transition

Paul R. Watson, dean of academic services and first-year programs, welcomes employees to the First-Year Institute.

Paul R. Watson, dean of academic services and first-year programs, welcomes employees to the First-Year Institute.

The fifth annual First Year Institute was held May 30 for faculty and staff. The day’s activities provided participants with practical tools to reach and teach first-year students.

Thermoforming Center of Excellence Again Hosts National Audience

Christopher J. Gagliano (in front of equipment), program manager for the PIRC’s Thermoforming Center of Excellence at Penn College, leads a lab tour during a May workshop for industry professionals.

Plastics employees from five states were schooled by industry experts and campus professionals when the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology held its sixth annual Heavy-Gauge/Cut-Sheet Thermoforming workshop in May.

The three-day course offered enlightening classroom presentations from several industry luminaries, as well as numerous hands-on sessions that covered operation and troubleshooting of thermoforming equipment, materials testing and introduction to new mold-making materials.

“Year after year, it is good to see that many companies across the country continue to invest in their employees and see the value in attending our workshops,” said Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

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Memorial Service Friday for Retired College Counselor

Thomas McNally, in a photo from WACC's 1979 Montage yearbook

Thomas McNally, in a photo from WACC’s 1979 Montage yearbook

Thomas Michael Patrick McNally, a member of the Williamsport Area Community College and Penn College faculty for more than 30 years, died Sunday, May 24, at his Camp Hill home. A licensed psychologist, McNally retired in 1998 as a counselor. An obituary was published in Wednesday’s (Harrisburg) Patriot-News and elsewhere; a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in The Woods at Cedar Run, 824 Lisburn Road, Camp Hill. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Theatrical Venue Bolsters College Employees’ Job Performance

Senior Vice President William J. Martin points out the grandeur of the Community Arts Center for a stageful of Penn College's Classified personnel.

Senior Vice President William J. Martin points out the grandeur of the Community Arts Center for a stageful of Penn College’s Classified personnel.

Classified staff from Penn College were bused to and from the Community Arts Center on Wednesday for a daylong professional-development program. The agenda included a tour of the CAC with William J. Martin, senior vice president, and Rob Steele, executive director of the facility; a preview of upcoming shows and other events; and a question-and-answer session. Martin also provided an orientation to the college’s history, organization, operation and culture; and a primer on assertiveness techniques was offered by Kathy W. Zakarian, assistant director of counseling, and counselor Jacklyn R. Leitzel.
Photo by Shawnalee E. Miller, Career Services secretary

‘Showcase’ Touts Technology’s Successful Use in Service of Students

Nursing's Terri A. Stone, Christine B. Kavanagh and Sandra L. Richmond (from left) detail PLATO's helpful streamlining of student remediation.

Nursing’s Terri A. Stone, Christine B. Kavanagh and Sandra L. Richmond (from left) detail PLATO’s helpful streamlining of student remediation.

Susan Slamka and James R. Dougherty III outline the role of video in human service students' role-playing exercises.

Susan Slamka and James R. Dougherty III outline the role of video in human service students’ role-playing exercises.

Six members of Penn College’s faculty/staff who embrace technology to enhance their engagement with students recently shared their success stories with co-workers at an Instructional Technology Showcase. Held in Madigan Library, the afternoon event provided three informative presentations: Nursing instructors Terri A. Stone and Christine B. Kavanagh, joined by Sandra L. Richmond, director of nursing, discussed “PLATO Intelligent Agents Identify Students at Risk;” Susan Slamka, assistant professor of human services/psychology, and James R. Dougherty III, assistant director, classroom technology and A/V services, offered “One Button Studio: One Click to Video Production Is a Success for Human Services Students;” and Kim E. Shipman, coordinator of instructional technology and technology training, explained “Using Doseri to Engage Students in the Classroom.”

Blogger Writes About College’s ‘Working World Within’

Countdown to College Coach

Countdown to College Coach

A college-prep expert, who helps parents navigate the maze of higher education, is writing about Penn College for a national audience. Suzanne Shaffer, author of the Parents Countdown to College Coach blog, extensively toured campus on April 29-30. “Once students graduate from Penn College, they can hit the ground running. It’s not necessary for employers to train them on basic techniques or skills,” she writes in the just-posted second installment. “They are familiar with equipment, tools, practices and techniques used to work at their chosen career immediately after graduation. Employers hire Penn College students because they know these students have been trained properly and are familiar with their products, services and equipment.” Shaffer’s introductory piece, “Degrees That Work: One College’s Best-Kept Secret,” debuted earlier in the month. Shaffer is supplementing her blog with references to Penn College on social media.

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